Mid-Age – Feline – Age 5-7yrs - Indoor Cat
Our Preventative Healthcare Plans allow our attending veterinarians to offer a reward program, based on professional services, for preventative screening. Your veterinary team will evaluate your pet’s predominant breed, age, medical history, lifestyle, and condition to create a Health Risk Assessment (HRA)—identifying your pet’s risk for potential disease. During this evaluation, we can have a family discussion, creating actionable items and a vaccination plan. Our goal? To guard your pet against infectious diseases, and allow us to manage other non-infectious diseases or conditions should they occur.
Components of this Life-stage Program
Comprehensive Physical Examination
Mid-Age Feline Chemistry Panel
Urinalysis with Predictive, Ongoing RenalTech® Technology & Sedivue Analysis
Annual Healthcare Planning (Based on Breed, Medical History, and Lifestyle)
Mid-Age Indoor Cats – Healthcare Information
Characteristics: Mid-cats are an average of 37-46yrs old in human years. They are sensible and steady. Some "wear and tear" issues can begin to present at this phase of life. Cats that roam outdoors know their territorial limits, but other cats and wildlife do not always respect their boundaries. All cats, even purebred cats where breeding has been considered, should be spayed or neutered before six years of age. Though it’s never too late to spay and neuter, it’s usually too late for cat breeders to plan for a successful breeding at this point.
Indoor Cats Are Prone to: Obesity; the need for dietary or medication management if medical measures have been prescribed; urological disease; GI disorders; early renal issues; dental and periodontal diseases.
Outdoor Cats Are Prone to: Internal parasites; Tick exposure, Heartworm Disease and Retroviral diseases (FIV/FLV) if partially to fully outdoors, dental disorders if FIV positive;
In addition to healthcare: Indoor cats need new enrichment to keep fit since their environment does not typically change, and training them to exercise on their own can be difficult. Plan on re-assessing your cat's home enrichment and activity if your cat lives indoors. Renew all accessories every few years such as food puzzles, safe scratching items, etc.
Providing elevated safe zones and perching resources in the house where your cat can rest away from people/other animals and a litter pan per cat plus one should help minimize phobias and litter pan aversion. Consider a window seat or shelf to allow indoor cats to access to sunshine. Bringing a travel crate into the living space and using Feliway or fear-free items aids in socializing your pet and will discourage travel aversion.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends households provide a litter pan per cat plus one. For example, if there are 3 cats in the household, a feline specialist would recommend 4 litter pans.
Maintain grooming practices, and nutritious food appropriate for adult cats, with your pet's lifestyle & energy needs in mind. We can even safely help you get your pet's food ship to your door via Purina ProPlan our Online Pharmacy, or HillstoHome for the best price without sacrificing value. If your cat is newer to you, you may wish to consider screening for the predisposition to inherited diseases if you haven't already. We've partnered with Orivet Genetic Pet Care for genetic LifePlans. Keep oral hygiene in mind. Plan for a separate dental exam each year of life after year 5. Continue to practice safe, smart lifestyle-related activities--such as car travel with cat carrier training, etc. You do not have to struggle to introduce your older cat to a travel crate! There are lots of tips available online—some include video blogs to help introduce your cat to safer, saner travel.
Unfortunately, fleas do not care whether your cat lives indoors or goes outside. Adequate flea control is very important and planning prevention is worth the health and safety efforts that you can put into place. Revolution Plus, Bravecto Plus, or Provecta for Cats are safe and effective options. Revolution Plus or Bravecto Plus helps prevent ear mites as well as ticks and heartworms in cats. Zoetis Petcare Rewards are given in the form of a pre-paid visa card when you purchase certain quantities exclusively from a veterinary clinic in-house or online and can be used to pay for next year’s preventative care plan! Consider the HomeAgain Pet Recovery and TempScan Microchip system for your pet if you haven't already selected a microchip service yet. The new TempScan technology allows us to instantly assess your cat's temperature by simply petting the cat with the microchip scanner!
Preventative Healthcare Plan Services For Cats
Our progressive reputation has led us to where we are today with our Preventative Healthcare Plan Services. Gregg J. Gormley, DVM, our Medical Director was an experienced sole practitioner in 2001 and he partnered with Carol A. Gormley, RN—Our Practice Manager at the time and now our Hospital Administrator--to create the first veterinary “Wellness Program” in the Evansville, Indiana area which bundled discounted screening and rewarded our patients with over 100 medical, surgical and boarding service discounts PLUS free core vaccinations every year! An entire generation of dogs and cats have partners with Highland to prevent heartworms, and monitor wear and tear diseases and have enjoyed a lifetime of prevention against rabies, distemper virus, and more without paying a dime for the vaccine.
At the beginning of this program, Molly Welch was their head patient technician, and in 2005 Melissa Gormley was their lead CSR. Molly and Melissa have since gone on to become the Practice Manager (PM) of Finance and Operations, respectively. Each PM can confidently say that today they have learned a lot by evolving these programs and working with Dr. and Mrs. Gormley to continue to customize them and broaden them—always taking advantage of the latest progressive screening techniques, technologies, immunizations, and preventatives to offer a spectrum of customizable and affordable bundles and plans for their patients. We always ask if this were my best friend—what is within reach? What would I want to know and how would I want to improve my pet’s life?